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UAlbany Students Win Prestigious Scholarships to Study Abroad

July 8, 2010

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UAlbany's Winston Scott

UAlbany doctoral student Winston Scott conducts Mayan culture research among Q'eqchi' speakers in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy Winston Scott)

Winston Scott is fulfilling his career aspirations.

The UAlbany doctoral student in anthropology leaves for Guatemala in August on a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship.

"The ongoing research that I am able to do in Guatemala is part of a process that is my dream," said Scott, who conducts research among Q'eqchi' Mayan speakers in the central highlands.

Scott, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, chose UAlbany because the Department of Anthropology has long had "a tremendous research and academic reputation in Mesoamerican culture studies." He read books by associate professor Walter E. Little and others, and was particularly impressed with the quality of scholarship they produced from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Fulbright Scholarship Winners Among Hundreds of UAlbany Students Abroad

Scott is one of two UAlbany students tapped for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant, given to top scholars in a national competition. He is joined by Audrey Schneider, a recent graduate who has an assistantship teaching English in Mongolia. They are among the more than 1,500 U.S citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright program.

In addition to the Fulbright program, some 350 UAlbany students studied abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year. Students can choose from more than 400 programs available through the SUNY study abroad consortium.

Santiago de Compostela

Three UAlbany students will spend the year studying at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. (Photo courtesy Ray Bromley)

Four UAlbany students have received scholarships from the Chinese government to study there for a full year, all expenses paid. They are: Victoria Bolesky, a senior from Leicester, N.Y.; Christian Lysinger, a sophomore from Union, N.J.; Amanda Randolph, a junior from Avon, N.Y.; and Paul Turner, a junior from Schenectady, N.Y. A fifth UAlbany student, Spencer Baron, a sophomore from Ridgefield, Conn., will study in China for the spring semester.

Three UAlbany students are among 10 chosen across the SUNY system to spend the next academic year studying at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, funded by the Banco de Santander, which recently acquired Sovereign Bank in New York State. They are: Rachel Luscombe of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Benjamin Mielenz of Albany, N.Y.; and Aaron Stearns of Annapolis, Md.; and Bronx, N.Y.

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela is the same University attended by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, the famous Spanish novelist who was a professor at UAlbany from 1966-1970. Torrente Ballester was among the first faculty members of the University to have the title Distinguished Professor. The Santander scholarship program, known as SUNY-CRUE, is for excellent undergraduate students who plan to go on to careers as Spanish teachers. 

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